Direct Access enables those who have the time and who feel able to conduct litigation themselves to have complete control of their case, without being reliant on or having to pay for a solicitor.
You can feel secure in the knowledge that you will have access to a specialist barrister and advocate to guide you through the process and to represent you in the event that the case comes to court.
What is a Direct Access Barrister?
Using the Direct Access Scheme you can instruct a barrister directly to advise and/or represent you at any stage of your case, including before any proceedings have been issued. You do not need to instruct a solicitor as well if you do not wish to. If instructed by the Direct Access scheme, a barrister can:
- Provide legal advice and opinions
- Draft legal documents
- Assist you to draft letters and other documents during the case
- Represent you in court
You will be responsible for organising the case documents, writing letters and carrying out other tasks that a solicitor would otherwise ordinarily do.
In the event that your chosen Direct Access barrister thinks that your case needs the additional assistance of a solicitor they will be able to advise you about that.
Why choose Direct Access
Whilst traditionally barristers were instructed by solicitors to represent and advise clients, that has no longer been the only option for some time. Paying for two different types of lawyer to act for you in the same case can be expensive, particularly if an individual feels able to deal with the litigation on their own, but needs representation at court hearings or for complex drafting or legal advice. Many people feel unable to conduct court hearings themselves effectively, because of the highly specialist legal and advocacy skills required. Many people also feel that whilst they can manage much of the litigation themselves, they still need or would benefit from the advice of a specialist direct access lawyer on points of law and procedure.
If you feel able to conduct much of the work required on your case yourself (that would otherwise be done by a solicitor), for example collating documents, filling out forms, and even drafting letters or statements but still want the help and assistance of a specialist lawyer, choosing a Direct Access barrister might be a good option for you.
You will be reducing your costs whilst increasing your personal control of the case. You will completely control the cost of your case because our barristers only work on fixed fees, paid in advance.
How we calculate costs for direct access work
We have accces to a wide range of barristers qualified to undertake direct access work, from junior barristers to senior barristers and QC’s. The fee you will pay depends on the seniority of barrister for your case and what your needs are. Our fees are both flexible and transparent. We are unable to give guidelines to costs for different types of hearings and advice but the more information that we have about a matter, the easier it is to provide an accurate estimate. In direct access cases we ask for instructions to be made available, in writing or at a short initial consultation, so that we can estimate and agree fees before any chargeable work is undertaken. The fixed agreed fee we offer is usually worked out on the basis of an hourly rate of the preparation time and the hearing and/or other work required and includes our web portal fee.
Fees must be agreed in advance and paid for before a barrister will undertake the work.
Please note that prices depend on a variety of factors including the type of hearing, the type of work and also the amount of paperwork involved.